Many words have been spilled about the controversial keyboards in Apple's MacBooks. Most people find the keyboards that use a "butterfly" mechanism to achieve their shallow thin profiles are too flat, too noisy and too unreliable.
With the Chief Design Officer Jony Ive heading for the exit, it seems that Apple is going to make a turn by returning to the keyboard "scissors" mechanism with better keystrokes.
In its latest comment to investors (via MacRumors), top Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple will introduce a new keyboard with scissors mechanism in a new 16-inch MacBook Pro to be launched in the fourth quarter of this year.
In addition, Kuo says he believes all of Apple's MacBooks in 2020 will also switch to the new keyboards. "The update versions of other MacBook models by 2020 will change to deploy the case mechanism keyboard," Kuo said.
Previously, Kuo said the new keyboard would not debut in a new MacBook Pro until 2020, but it would appear they are charging to quickly add the disappointing keyboards behind them.
Despite repeating itself year after year, Apple has repeatedly failed to ensure long-term reliability of the butterfly keyboards.
First, Apple added a rubber membrane under each key to improve driving, reduce stickiness and potentially prevent debris from being placed in the butterfly mechanism, causing the keys to fail.
But after filing a lawsuit last year and users continuing to report busted keyboards, Apple said it changed the material on the latest MacBook keyboards ̵
Apple also launched a keyboard service program that every MacBook with a butterfly had the keyboard being automatically registered to receive free repair if it were to break.
Dumping the butterfly keyboards for scissor style keyboards can potentially restore MacBook's reputation, which has taken a beating since Apple introduced the flat keyboard in 2015 on the current discontinued 12-inch MacBook.
Keyboard keyboards will probably also require a thinness compromise. As they are thicker than butterfly keys, future MacBooks may be a little thicker. I think I'm talking to almost everyone when I say that I would like to swap some probably imperceptibly few millimeters of extra thickness so as not to worry about the keyboard breaking.